Yesterday evening as part of a work dinner I got the chance to eat in Fade St. Social. This is Dylan McGrath’s new venture that has just opened. I was pretty damn excited to hear we were going here as I love the Rustic Stone ( which I never thought I would say, the whole thought of cooking your own steak put me off but it’s so much more than that). Anyhow we arrived last night around 7.00pm, our meal was for 7.30pm so we ushered upstairs to the bar, which FSS only recently won the license for despite strong opposition from neighbouring establishments. They were most likely scared, and judging by first impressions they better be scared, this seems to be on another level of innovation than most Dublin restaurants. Everything is so well done out, the front area is very communal in a way with benches and front facing kitchen pass with a team of chefs working on tapas, in the back there is a bigger dining room with another larger front facing kitchen. Upstairs then you have a trendy bar you can hang out before your meal, or retire after your meal to enjoy the rest of your night. My first impressions really were WOW this place rocks!
I digress, after a drink we headed back downstairs for our meal. At the moment they are only serving tapas, which I believe is to be joined by an ala carte menu later this month. I flicked through the menu so many times, there were tempting choices galore, I couldnt get my head around what I wanted to have, each tapas sounded better than the last. I decided because I dont drink anymore I am going to get the best food on the menu that I would never normally have a chance to eat, I picked out 4 tapas. What follows is each one in all of their glory:
Lobster Martini grapefruit, fennel,
blood orange and avocado
Whole Squab Pigeon poached
with thyme and smoked bacon,
roasted on coals
Truffle Pasta charred artichokes
Whole Soft Shell Crab in sesame spice
flour with miso mayonnaise, crab and
lemongrass dipping sauce
Chocolate and rose yoghurt ice cream
in a waffle cone
What can I say it was absolutely beautiful, each dish was so well presented and tasted amazing. The lobster in the Martini glass was so fresh and light, the pigeon was so tender ( very rare but I love my meat rare where possible) not in the slightest bit gamey. The truffle pasta was to die for, the nicest fresh pasta aswell. Then came my soft shell crab, which I never had before up till last night, it was superb, so light and with the dipping sauce… I could have eaten 10 of these babies!!! Finally my cone of lovelyness….steady! the frozen yoghurt was heavenly and the perfect way to top the meal off. I also had a good americano coffee to wrap things up. Of all my dishes everything seemed to hum the flavours are different but bang on the money with the pleasure factor. Mr McGrath has really got something here, something special indeed. I cannot recommend Fade Street Social any higher, no doubt I will be telling everyone man and his dog about this place, and bringing Joanne along too soon. Some people can be so critical of Dylan, but I think the man is credit to this city, he has two wonderful restaurants, and breathes innovation in each thing he does.
Get yourself to FSS soon you wont regret it !